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Mar 6, 2011 11:00am EST
energy user? plus will the iraqi military be ready to guarantee the country's security after u.s. forces withdraw in december? but, first, the chief of navel operations, admirable gary roughhead recently joined reporters from defense news and other gann et media publications to discuss service personnel programs. we bring you excerpts from our wide-ranging interview. we start with personnel levels. in september, admirable roughhead said the navy should have 375,00 sailors but dropped that number. we asked him what changed. >> as we look at the end strength and it's not so much how many people should be in the navy, it really is what are the jobs in the navy and then how many people do you need to perform those functions. so it's very easy to say, well, you know, navy has x amount of people, so that's where we want to be. but what we constantly do as we go through the budget process is we're looking at the forestructure and the functions that have to be performed, and then how do you size that? i would submit that in the navy we in the past few years have done some incredible work to bill
CBS
Mar 27, 2011 11:30am EDT
civilians." 10 security councilmembers voted yes on the resolution. u.s., u.k., france, bosnia- herzegovina, columbia, garr bon, lebanon, nigeria, portugal, south africa. five members abstained -- russia, china, germany, brazil, india. the 10 votes was just one more than the nine needed for passage. and it did not include input from the 192-member united nations general assembly. but international support for the no-fly zone is now waning. the libyan government is alleging that coalition bombings have killed many civilians. doctors on the ground say over 100 civilians have died. military deaths not included. the 22-member arab league this week accused the u.s. and the coalition of ignoring the u.n. >> as far as we're concerned the arab league, we requested the security council to establish a no-fly zone in order to protect the civilians, in addition to safe areas for the civilians to sit in without attacks on them. >> brazil, russia, india and china, the bric nations, are all calling for an immediate cessation of the no-fly zone. u.s. defense secretary robert gates says it's gaddafi that is
CBS
Mar 5, 2011 7:30pm EST
was garneredly optimistic about the current state of the u.s. economy. testifying before the senate banking committee hearing this week, the chairman noted that the real ggdp would increase from 3.5% to 4%. about 1.5% higher than the fed projected three months ago. >> the most recent projections by the federal reserve board members and bank presidents prepared in conjunction with the meeting in late january, are to increase 3 1/2 to 4% in 2011, about one-half percentage point higher than our projections made in november. >> he also added that this fed forecast is broadly consistent with private forecasters. regarding unemployment, the chairman gave the feds' forecast for the end of 2012. 22 months from now. >> it could be several years before the unemployment rate has returned to a more normal level. indeed, participants generally see the unemployment rate still in the range of 7 1/2 to 8% at the ends of 2012. >> on rising gas prices, fed chairman bernanke's projection grew duller. >> higher gas prices take in chrome out of pockets of consumers and reduces their spending and their confidenc
CBS
Mar 21, 2011 6:30pm EDT
>> couric: tonight, as allied forces pound targets in libya, the u.s. military insists qaddafi is not a target, but the commander in chief makes it clear... >> it is u.s. policy that qaddafi needs to go. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, another setback in japan. workers again forced to evacuate as smoke pours from crippled nuclear reactors and concerns grow about the safety of japan's food supply. and another a.t.f. agent tells cbs news the agency encouraged gun dealers in this country to sell weapons to mexican drug cartels. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. for a third straight night, tripoli has come under attack from u.s. and allied forces as they establish a no-fly zone over libya. anti-aircraft fire lit up the sky as moammar qaddafi's army tried to defend against the attack. rebelss solidified their control in benghazi and launch and offensive to retake other cities. president obama said today the u.s. will turn over leadership of the oper
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Mar 2, 2011 12:00pm EST
want to tell you about a gunman who opened fire on a bus carrying u.s. soldiers outside the frankfurt airport in germany. two people were killed. >> reporter: a sheet covers up the broken windshield of the bus carrying u.s. soldiers. the shooting happened at the airport in frankfurt, germany near several u.s. military bases. police say a gunman opened fire as the bus sat outside a terminal. two people were killed. the bus driver and a passenger. and two others were wounded. police took the gunman into custody. police could not confirm whether any of the casualties are u.s. military personnel. randall pinkston, cbs news. >>> a u.s. park police officer is being treated for injuries after a motorcycle accident on the southeast southwest tree way near 7th street southwest. the accident happened just before 11:00 this morning. right now there is no word on the severity of the officer's injuries. police are investigating exactly how that crash happened. >>> late this morning the supreme court ruled that the first amendment protects members of a controversial church would hold anti-gay from
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Mar 23, 2011 4:00am EDT
. >>> contamination concerns. dangerous levels of radiation are found in tokyo's water supply, as the u.s. bans the import of some japanese foods. >> right there. right there! >> and too close for comfort. a kayaker in florida meets a >> and too close for comfort. a kayaker in florida meets a monster of the deep. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. we will not surrender. those words, the defiant libyan leader moammar gadhafi, who made his first public appearance in a week. despite the allied-imposed no-fly zone, libyan troops continued their unrelenting attacks against rebel-held cities where conditions are described as desperate. the u.s. military says it is considering all options. explosions were heard in tripoli this morning. and susan mcginnis is in washington with more on this story. good morning, susan. >> hi, good morning, betty. the mission in libya is accomplishing its goal, including grounding gadhafi's air force. but as criticism of the operation grows, along with the cost, the u.s. is looking to hand off control. despite a
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Mar 22, 2011 4:00am EDT
the president's plan. >>> fallout fears. the pentagon considers the mandatory evacuation of all u.s. military personnel threatened by radiation in japan as the first american victim of the tragedy is found. >>> and medical marvel. a texas man gets the first full facial transplant in the u.s. this is the "cbs morning news" facial transplant in the u.s. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 22nd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. this morning allied forces are working to expand the no fly zone over libya. overnight tripoli was targeted for the third day in a row and there is growing discord among the allies and here in this country over the u.s. role. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. >> reporter: several days of attacks on libya are having their intended effect according to u.s. officials, even so, more in congress are questioning the president's decisions. anti-aircraft fire erupted in tripoli overnight as moammar gadhafi's forces battled a fresh round of air strikes. u.s. officials say days of attacks on the regi
CBS
Mar 22, 2011 6:30pm EDT
>> couric: tonight, the u.s. uses a warplane as the allies keep up the assault on libya and qaddafi remains defiant. >> (translated): we win. we will be victorious in this historical battle. we will not surrender. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, they survived one disaster, now these japanese have been forced to take shelter against another threat-- nuclear radiation. america's nuclear problem. where to store permanently more than 145 million pounds of spent fuel rods. and college students struggling to make the grade. what some schools are doing to make sure they graduate. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it's four days into a u.s.-led assault on his military, and libya's moammar qaddafi has lost radar installations, tanks, and naval facilities but not his defiance. he appeared in public tonight in tripoli vowing to fight on and telling supporters he will win and will not surrendered. qaddafi's forces kept up their attacks on civilians today in a n
CBS
Mar 29, 2011 6:00pm EDT
were taken away. >>> tonight, michelle reid goes on national television to blast the u.s.a. today report that questions whether some of the gains on dc student test scores are real. the report based on statistics says so many of the students wrong answers had been erased and changed to right ones, there's almost no way those changes could have been legitimate. bruce johnson has been on this story from the beginning. he has new information that has just come in. >> it's good for the parents out there. lesli, a short time ago, acting chancellor made public the security reviews done by an outside independent company for the standardized test. henderson reiterated in a statement tonight that the review by the consulting services of philadelphia found no evidence of cheat at any of the schools flagged for testing irregularities. former chancellor, michelle reid is out of town tonight in indiana, we're told, before leaving she taped an appearance for pbs, in which she criticized the u.s.a. today article and defends student test scores under her watch. >> i mean, if you look at the sto
CBS
Mar 31, 2011 6:30pm EDT
but not u.s. a top qaddafi insider who defected and his connection to pan am flight 103. i'm erica hill. also tonight, milk in the u.s. now showing traces of radiation from japan. what authorities are doing to keep you safe. why did plants that bury nuclear waste inside nevada's yucca mountain get killed? was it safety fears or politics? and the sweet taste of success. they owe their lottery jackpot to a candy bar. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> hill: good evening. katie is off tonight. muammar qaddafi's inner circle continues to shrink. first, his foreign minister defected last night. and then today, his u.n. ambassador quit while in egypt. just the same, qaddafi's military, though decimated by allied air strikes, is still pounding rebel forces. driving them further east away from key oil towns. one rebel leader compared qaddafi to a wounded animal, one that's more dangerous than a healthy one, which once again raises the question-- just what should the u.s. do moving forward? david martin b
CBS
Mar 2, 2011 4:00am EST
>>> show of force. more u.s. warships head to the mediterranean, as libyan rebels consider asking for international military intervention. >>> open for business. the house passes a stopgap budget bill. the senate is expected to follow suit today. >>> and teacher tenure. the next union battle in america >>> and teacher tenure. the next union battle in america begins to take shape. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. this morning, there are reports that libyan government forces have launched air attacks against rebel-held positions in eastern libya. meanwhile, two u.s. navy ships enter the suez canal en route to the mediterranean, and it is also reported rebel leaders are considering whether to ask for outside military help. susan mcginness is in washington with more on this. good morning, susan. >> reporter: hi, good morning, betty. while the opposition leaders in libya are considering asking for western air strikes u.s. defense leaders remain very cautious. they are weighing their options, and the consequences, of u.s.
CBS
Mar 3, 2011 4:00am EST
>>> airport ambush. two u.s. airmen are dead, and two more wounded in germany. the suspect is now being questioned by authorities. >>> family horror. a 12-year-old colorado boy is in custody, accused of killing his parents. >>> and deadline day for pro football. the contract between the nfl players union and team owners the contract between the nfl players union and team owners expires at midnight. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. investigators in germany are trying to figure out why a gunman opened fire on a busload of u.s. airmen, killing two, and seriously wounding two others. it happened yesterday at the frankfurt airport. the suspect is an employee at that airport. charlie d'agata has the latest. >> reporter: the two u.s. airmen killed wednesday had not even made it to the battlefield. they were with 11 other military personnel on this bus outside the frankfurt, germany, airport, when the gunman opened fire. police say the suspect, 21-year-old rexhep uka is a citizen of kosovo, an airport employee and a devout musl
CBS
Mar 30, 2011 4:00am EDT
>>> rebel retreat. libyan troops have opposition forces on the run. but for how long? as the u.s. considers arming the insurgency. >>> cajun cleanup. a powerful storm rolls through louisiana, threatening the southeast with flooding and high winds. >>> and union fight. ohio can vote on limiting collective bargaining rights, as the battle in wisconsin goes to collective bargaining rights, as the battle in wisconsin goes to court. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. this morning, the back and forth fighting in libya has turned against the rebel troops. opposition forces are on the run, fleeing the latest government counterattack. the rebels were trying to advance on moammar gadhafi's hometown of sirte. they've also had to leave two critical oil ports, brega and ras lanuf. the u.s. navy launched a new barrage of cruise missiles at targets near tripoli and nato takes command of the operation today. joel brown is in washington with more. good morning, joel. what's the latest? >> betty, it wasn't even a close fight. gadhafi forc
CBS
Mar 2, 2011 6:00pm EST
. >> bruce, thank you for your reporting. >>> a u.s. park police officer is being treated for serious injuries following an accident on the southeast-southwest. there were other vehicles involved in the accident. another person was also treated for injuries. no word yet on charges. the dc police department is still investigating. >>> the family of a missing young pregnant woman is pleading for her safe return. 21-year-old bethany decker is a senior at george mason university. she is also five months pregnant and the mother of a toddler. her mother says the last time anyone saw her was january 29th. they didn't realize anything was wrong until february 19th when bethany's grandparents stopped by her apartment in ashburn and found her car still there. they filed a missing person's report. >> after it had been a little while where she hadn't contacted us and then we were asking -- we started asking friends, have you heard from her? have you seen her? and then friends started contacting us too saying we haven't heard from her or we haven't seen her. >> kimberlyly nelson is bethany's mothe
CBS
Mar 22, 2011 7:00am EDT
week. >> good-bye, everyone. >>> breaking news. a u.s. warplane crashes in libya, but the americans on board are said to be safe, this after a third night of attacks on tripoli in growing diplomatic battles on who should take the lead. we'll talk with senator john mccain about what's next for the u.s. and its allies. >>> and fallout fears. japanese officials say the struggle to control leaking radiation at a crippled nuclear plant could go on for weeks as water in a store annual pool becomes dangerously hot. concerns grow while the death toll continues to sky rocket early this tuesday morning march toll continues to sky rocket early this tuesday morning march 22nd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "the early show." chris wragge along with erica hill. you're seeing pictures of an f-15-e strike eagle down over libya late last night. >> and that is the breaking news we're following this morning. we want to get you the latest on that american fighter jet. it did crash. what happened to the two on board? david martin joins us from the pentagon with the latest. >> reporter: t
CBS
Mar 22, 2011 12:00pm EDT
to libya. a u.s. fighter jet has crashed over eastern libya but the two american pilots inside are safe. joel brown has more. >> reporter: libyans are coming to see the wreckage of a u.s. fighter jet sent to protect them. the military said an apparent equipment malfunction brought down the f15 outside the rebel strong hold of benghazi. both crew members ejected before the plane crashed and suffered minor injuries. marines rescued the pilot and rebel forces helped get the other crew members safely back into american hands. the u.s. and coalition forces are flying dozens of missions each day. to extend a no-fly zone across the entire coast of libya. after three nights of air strikes and cruise missile attacks against moammar gadhafi's military operations, civilians in benghazi are no longer threaten and rebel forces are moving forward. their advance to tripoli is head up outside the city where his heavily armed troops still have the upper hand. president obama who's traveling in south america got frequent updates about the f-15 accident both he and the secretary of defense insists that th
CBS
Mar 28, 2011 7:00pm EDT
investigation, and u.s. attorney's office is well capable of determining the facts of this case. >> cover up or not, the scandals got some council members at each other's throats. >> there's a political cast system in the city and that in an effort to get a job in this administration, you need to know someone. it bothers me that he has wild statements that the government is for sale. it's a lie. >> as we speak, mayor gray is delivering his first state of the district address. it's happening over at eastern high. he'll be laying out his vision and he'll preview his budget plan. no one knows whether he'll address the recent controversies. we would like to ask you to address it. is there something mayor gray could say that would improve your opinion of him? it was last week when a new poll said that 34% of voters approve of gray's performance or is his fate sealed three months into his first term? you can change your fate by e- mailing the mail bag. the address is mailbag@wusa9.com. >>> standardized test scores at the noise education center soared under then school chancellor, michelle reid.
CBS
Mar 30, 2011 6:30pm EDT
a fierce debate-- should the u.s. arm the opposition? i'm erica hill. also tonight, kicking the habit. the president wants to cut oil imports by a third, and some drivers have already gotten the message. hyperactive kids-- why some experts believe artificial food coloring could make the behavior worse. >> mr. president! >> and a bullet meant for president reagan nearly took this man's life. 30 years later james brady is still fighting for gun control. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> hill: good evening. katie is off tonight. just two days ago, libyan rebels seemed ready to move on muammar qaddafi's home town and possibly on tripoli, but tonight, they are on the move in the other direction. their weapons, machine guns for the most part are, no march for qaddafi's heavier weaponry. secretary of state hillary clinton said today no decision has been made about whether to arm the rebels, but there are also reports president obama recently signed a secret order authorizing covert support for them.
CBS
Mar 4, 2011 4:00am EST
under discussion, including a no-fly zone over libya. the u.s. continues to move forces closer to libya. the president authorized u.s. military aircraft to help egyptians evacuate. but the administration is trying not to get sucked in to a mideast conflict. the president's hope is that gadhafi will head off a bloody stalemate and make way for new leadership. randall pinkston, cbs news, at the united nations. >>> the u.s. is asking iran for help returning ex-fbi agent robert levinson to his family. there's been no word on levinson since he vanished from the iranian island of kish four years ago while doing private detective work. iran has insisted they know nothing about his disappearance. but his family has received proof that he is alive, and on thursday, secretary of state hillary rodham clinton said there are indications that he is in southwest asia. levinson's wife said, quote, our family is tremendously encouraged by the news that bob is alive, but remains concerned for his safety and well-being. >>> a u.s. aid contractor facing up to 20 years in prison goes on trial today in cuba.
CBS
Mar 7, 2011 6:30pm EST
>> couric: tonight president obama warns the u.s. and nato are considering a military response to the crisis in libya as qaddafi's forces step up attacks on rebel-held oil towns. i'm katie couric. the violence is driving up the price you pay at the pump. but where's the money going? maybe not where you think, and should the u.s. tap the strategic reserves to bring prices down? they're here, the new 3-d mammograms. but should women be rushing to get one? and she's worn his m.i.a. bracelet for nearly 40 years waiting for the day she could remove it. that day has come. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. libyan government forces were back on the offensive today trying to retake more territory still held by the rebels. some of the heaviest fighting was in towns near tripoli and the u.n. says more than a million libyans now need humanitarian aid. president obama warned moammar qaddafi and his supporters they will be held accountable for the violence and the u.s.
CBS
Mar 24, 2011 6:30pm EDT
. also tonight, passing the baton. the u.s. is planning to turn over leadership of the libya mission to nato. tokyo's water is declared safe again, but not before a radiation scare causes a run on bottled water. and an air traffic controller in washington is suspended after falling asleep. leaving commercial jetliners to land on their own. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. every so often the census bureau gives americans a look in the mirror to see who we are and how we're changing and a report from the bureau today says one thing that's changing is the racial and ethnic makeup of the country with the hispanic population growing rapidly. one out of six adults is now hispanic as is one out of four children. in the past ten years, the overall u.s. population has grown by 27 million to 308 million and hispanics account for more than half the increase. more now from nancy cordes. >> reporter: salt lake city's newest grocery store caters to a group that census figur
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Mar 25, 2011 6:30pm EDT
ruled yemen for 32 years. he is a key u.s. ally in the fight against al qaeda. meanwhile, president obama plans to speak to the nation monday night about libya to explain why he ordered u.s. military action and give an update on the operation. today french and british jets struck libyan artillery and tanks near ajdabiya. smoke could be seen miles away. late today, rebels began a new push to retake the city. and libyan state television showed damage from overnight air strikes in tripoli. nato, which is taking over control of enforcing the no-fly zone, said it's planning for a mission that would last three months. as other nations play a larger role, the u.s. is publicly taking a step back, but it's a small step. more on that from david martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: this is what the battle for libya looks like to a pilot. it's a british pilot attacking a libyan tank. but more than half the 96 strike missions in the past 24 hours were american. and so were all 16 of the tomahawk cruise missiles fired overnight. despite the announcement that nato would soon be taking command of t
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Mar 27, 2011 7:00pm EDT
are avoiding paying billions of dollars in u.s. taxes by moving their operations to new tax havens like the swiss town of zug. so, here we are in zug. we went there to visit their operations. and we came to see your international headquarters. >> at the moment, my boss is not here. sorry. >> stahl: she said her boss wasn't there and we should call someone halfway around the world. in houston? >> yeah. >> stahl: not here? >> no. >> stahl: but this is the headquarters. >> i know. >> stahl: and is the c.e.o. here? >> no. >> pelley: elissa montanti is unlike almost anyone we've ever met. with the help of some very charitable american doctors, she's changed the lives of more than 100 kids, like this one, a boy from iraq who needed an arm, a leg and an eye. >> i love you, wa'ad. >> pelley: tonight, you'll follow his transformation, which is a wonder to watch. >> catch it! face the basket! make a play! he's got to get up closer! you don't just say "screen"! my god! where next?! >> kroft: this is not a story about a tyrannical coach who churns out athletes at some high school sports factory. it
CBS
Mar 29, 2011 4:00am EDT
>>> making his case. president obama defends the u.s. mission in libya. >> some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. >>> discrimination suit. america's biggest retailer on edge as the supreme court takes up one of the biggest workplace lawsuits in history. >>> and caught on tape. a vintage air force plane makes an unexpected water landing. about this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 29th, about this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 29th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. defending the u.s. military mission in libya. president obama says the operation was necessary to prevent a campaign of killing. this morning rebel forces continue to push west under the cover of allied air support. nato takes command of the operation tomorrow. secretary of state clinton arrived in london last night. this morning she attend a conference to discuss what comes next in libya. last night the president said u.s. actions in libya stopped a slaughte
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Mar 1, 2011 7:00am EST
to a defiant moammar gadhafi as u.s. warships head toward the region. we'll go live for the latest on the deadly violence and speak about what's next. >>> ultimatum. a new cbs news poll find the majority of americans back union workers in the ongoing budget battles as governor walker threatens layoffs if democrats don't come back to work today. we're live in wisconsin. >>> and flood fears. after heavy rains and torptds pound parts of the midwest, floodwaters rise to dangerous levels and the worst is yet to come. early this tuesday morning march come. early this tuesday morning march 1st, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to the "early show" here on a tuesday morning, march 1st. >> nice to have you back. hard to believe it's already march. the year is flying by. go want to get you started with the revolution in libya and the very latest there. the u.s. is trying on increase pressure on moammar gadhafi sending warships and aircraft to the region. meantime billions in libya's foreign assets have now been frozen and overnight rebels held off a prolonged attack by pro gadhafi f
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Mar 1, 2011 4:00am EST
. the international community is tightening the news around gadhafi. the u.s. says all options are on the table. meanwhile ga daf pi is striking back in force. they attacked rebel troops in the two major cities closest to the capital uses tanks and anti-aircraft guns. overnight government troops tried to rita zawiya, but rebel troops head their ground. >> reporter: as the blood shed in libya moves into another day, the tone in washington has turned decidedly sharper. the white house is now clearly ratcheting up the pressure on gadhafi to step down. troops loyal to moammar gadhafi is fighting to a back territory now in rebel hands. amateur video captured this firefight between pro and anti-government forces in libya's third largest city. the uprising that began last month poses the biggest threat yet to gadhafi, his bloody crackdown has reportedly left hundreds, possibly thousands, dead. still, in an interview with christianne amanpour of abc new, gadhafi laughed off calls for him to step down and denied using force against his own people. >> they love me all my people with me. they love me all.
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Mar 1, 2011 6:30pm EST
>> couric: tonight, rebels in libya beat back attempts by the army to retake lost territory. the u.s. steps up the pressure on cadmy to quit, but he's still not giving up. i'm katie couric. also tonight, deep trouble in the midwest. heavy rain and melting snow adds up to flooding that's sweeping through hundreds of homes. are teachers taking a lesson from the labor dispute in wisconsin? a union leader is giving some ground on the red-hot issue of tenure. and the american spirit. an artist who brings to life a world his eyes cannot see. from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. moammar qaddafi's latest offensive was a colossal failure and tonight he's more isolated than ever. troops loyal to qaddafi tried to retake three cities overnight but they were repelled by rebel forces. today in one of those cities, zawiyah, there were celebrations in the streets. the people are firmly in charge and demanding qaddafi go. secretary of state hillary clinton warned that unless he does, libya is at risk of a lo
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Mar 7, 2011 4:00am EST
morning, joel. yeah, washington is watching higher oil prices, and considering u.s. dependence on foreign oil, it's now looking at a much closer alternative. the white house is considering tapping the nation's oil reserves to try to put a cap on runaway oil prices. >> all matters have to be on the table when you go through -- when you see the difficulty coming out of the economic crisis we're in, and the fragility of it. >> reporter: the strategic petroleum reserves, the u.s. government's emergency oil supply, holds 727 million barrels right now. that's enough to provide the nation the oil it needs for a couple of months. after hurricane katrina, the government released 30 million barrels. oil prices dropped nearly 4%. during the first gulf war, 34 million barrels were released and prices dropped a third in one day. but the price of gasoline up 33 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, drivers will take any break they can get. >> you could make it three, four days with $75 of gas now. every two days i got to put $75 in this car. so, you know, it's ridiculous. >> as a student it's kind of t
CBS
Mar 24, 2011 4:00am EDT
to libya now where nato warships are patrolling off the coast. u.s. officials say the libyan air force is no longer a factor. meanwhile, libyan ground forces still trying to retake rebel-held positions are being attacked by allied warplanes. terrell brown reports. >> reporter: traces of anti-aircraft fire pierce the night sky in tripoli. amid reports of explosions in the eastern part of the capital. there's also word that coalition forces have hit moammar gadhafi's kand in ajdabiya. rebels moving up their front line are confident they'll soon be able to take that city. >> this is a matter of time. time only. after maybe one day or less than one day, these tanks will surrender. >> reporter: coalition planes also bombed gadhafi's forces in misrata, to stop them from shelling civilians. secretary of state hillary clinton says colonel gadhafi has the power to stop all of this. >> the quickest way for him to end this is to actually serve the libyan people by leaving. >> reporter: the white house has repeatedly stated gadhafi must go. but the u.n. resolution calls for protection of the libya
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Mar 28, 2011 4:00am EDT
parts, ras lanuf and brega. nato is assuming command of all aerial operations in libya from the u.s. and tonight president obama will address the nation to discuss the u.s. mission in libya. joel brown is in washington with more. joel, good morning to you. >> terrell, good morning to you. white house officials say the president's speech will build on the case that he's been laying out for the last ten days or so. he'll argue that libya does matter when it comes to u.s. interests and that the administration's actions helped avert a catastrophe. tonight, president obama will try to convince a skeptical public and congress america's mission in libya is working. he'll deliver a nationally televised speech just a day after nato agreed to take full command of the operation. and at least one u.s. warship reportedly left the region. >> i think the military mission has gone quite well. >> reporter: the obama administration touted progress. following another weekend of air strikes. coalition forces hit targets in tripoli, and for the first time, moammar gadhafi's hometown of sirte. since the
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Mar 29, 2011 6:30pm EDT
. at the same time, u.s. and coalition partners kept up the military attacks, launching 22 cruise missile on targets in tripoli. qaddafi's forces, however, are still better armed than the opposition and today they have the rebels on the run. they were forced to retreat just as they prepared to attack qaddafi's hometown of surt. instead, though, they were pushed back more than 25 miles, and not just by the military baby civilians who remain loyal to qaddafi. mandy clark reports tonight from the ever-shifting front line. >> reporter: an attack by qaddafi forces took rebels by surprise at bin jawad. they fought hard with everything they had but were forced back. and even while fleeing came under fire. they had originally retreated to the town because of a new threat rebels here say it wasn't just government forces but also residents firing from their homes that forced them to pull back. they confiscated these weapons handed out by qaddafi forces from locals who were loyal to the regime. how many weapons did you find in total? >> reporter: another problem the anti-qaddafi forces are facing: s
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Mar 31, 2011 4:00am EDT
to the west. >>> training accident. a jet engine explodes and catches fire aboard a u.s. aircraft carrier. >>> and cold case. the fbi can't crack this code. >>> and cold case. the fbi can't crack this code. can you? captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us today, i'm betty nguyen. we begin in libya, where cia operatives have been on the ground gathering intelligence, and making contact with rebel forces. the rebel troops are being pushed back by libyan forces, losing about 100 miles in two days. meanwhile, a key adviser to moammar gadhafi has resigned amid some international intrigue. joel brown is in washington. good morning, joel. bring us up to speed. >> a lot going on, betty. good morning to you. we're learning now the cia's been on the ground in libya for weeks now, in some cases working hand in hand with the rebels. but whether or not to supply weapons to the opposition is a whole other matter that sparks fierce debate here in washington. cia operatives are reportedly on the ground in libya. the intelligence agency sent in small teams earlier this
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Mar 2, 2011 6:30pm EST
. meanwhile, two u.s. warships passed through the suez canal today heading closer to libya. defense secretary robert gates says they could be used to evacuate civilians. the libyan border is overwhelmed with refugees. 30,000 are waiting to get into tunisia. and some foreign workers were able to get out on ships bound for egypt. but back to today's major development, qaddafi's failed offensive in brega. mandy clark was there and reports tonight from benghazi. >> reporter: this is the excitement of victory in the town near today's major battle, cars bearing rebel fighters braced the front line. their comrades splaived water on them and cheered. when word came in of an apparent rebel victory down road, this was a scene of wild celebration. but now these fighters are rushing to get a new shipment of weapons ready for any possible counter-attack. the battle began with an assault by government troops before dawn and included bombing runs by qaddafi's warplanes. >> they are bombing us by very big bombs. >> reporter: by late afternoon, the rebels were on the offensive. down the road, survivors arrive
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Mar 22, 2011 7:00pm EDT
-old punyasara gedara who came to the u.s. six months ago to join his family. broad daylight. no motive. walking home from his job at a nearby subway where everyone said he was polite and trouble free. a complete mystery. >> he doesn't have any enemies. i can't believe it. he doesn't go anywhere without us. only going to work. >> residents are deeply unsettled. >> i lived in olney almost my entire life and it's shocking and it's strange and it's scary. >> meantime, residents of another quiet only neighborhood are in disbelief after a murder of an 81-year-old man. now according to the montgomery county police, nazir was shot to death last week. this happened inside the split level home where he lived alone. friends initially became concerned because he did not show up as he normally did in silver spring. his death was initially classified as suspicious, but now police say they know how he died. >> it was determined by autopsy that the cause of death was gun shot wound and the manner of death to be homicide. >> police say right now, they have no motives or suspects in this case. >> the man a
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Mar 28, 2011 6:00pm EDT
campus rose from 10% to 58% in just two years. however, our partners at u.s.a. today found that most classrooms in the school had a high rate of erasers. wrong answers were consistently changed to right ones. in one classroom, there were so many wrong to right changes, a stay statustition said you have a better shot at winning the lottery. >> these tests are the only way to measure the reform. that's how much is at stake here. former dc school chancellor, michelle reid isn't returning our phone calls or e-mails and calls for now. her deputy and now acting chancellor did sit down for an interview late today and she says the students earned those improved test scores. >> we'll continue to be as individual lent as possible. >> acting dc school chancellor, kentucky yay kia said there was no cheating. >> they issued us a report on the eight schools that they looked at and said there were no evidence of testing impropriety. and that is what the report has said. >> there needs to be a full investigation. >> washington teachers union is sure there was cheating on the testing and he say
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Mar 29, 2011 7:00pm EDT
schools after u.s.a. today published a report that questions whether some students had earned their standardized test scores. tonight, former dc school chancellor, michelle rhee is blasting that report and hours ago, acting chancellor, kia henderson made public the security reviews for the 2009 standardized tests. that review by havion consulting services of philadelphia said no evidence of cheating at any of the schools flagged for testing irregularities. we get the rest of the story from bruce johnson. >> former dc school chancellor, michelle rhee, a national star for school reform will appear on national tv tonight to respond to questions raised about student test scores on her watch. >> if you look at the story overall, i think it absolutely lacks credibility. >> rhee tells pbs talk show moderator, travis smiley, there were a number of incorrect answers changed to correct answers, but they found no wrong doing. >> when the academic aachievement rates of a district like dc go up, people assume that it can't be because the kids are actually attaining higher gains of stud
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Mar 4, 2011 6:30pm EST
, protests, and more deadly violence in libya as qaddafi's forces battle the rebels in several key cities, u.s. aid arrives in tunisia for refugees fleeing the violence. the tragic death of a star high school athlete just moments after he leads his team to victory. and they call this the most dangerous eight seconds in sports. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. president obama is keeping his exuberance in check over today's news about unemployment. he calls it progress. the unemployment rate-- 9% or higher for a record 21 months-- has finally dropped below that mark, falling last month to 8.9%. and the pace of hiring is picking up. the economy added 192,000 jobs. anthony mason is our senior business correspondent and, anthony, the recession has been officially over for months now. finally it looks like the job market is catching up. >> reporter: after months of disappointingly weak numbers, katie, the labor market is finally flexing some muscle. in wisconsin this week, th
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Mar 3, 2011 5:00pm EST
pornography and one count of possession. u.s. attorneys say he had more than 600 computer image files, videos and stills of child pornography on his computer. >> he was a master manipulator. he would befriend the young boys and their families. he would work his way into their family and their communities. >> reporter: he kept a detailed journal of abuse of boys which occurred at a hotel in california, his home in japan, a hotel in nevada. many of the boys that were abused didn't know or remember what happened because he would get them drunk first then videotaped himself abusing them. >> he would ply them with liquor and get them drunk and they would pass out. >> reporter: after 30 years of sexually abusing boys around the globe what finally brought him down was facebook. a student at osborne high school stumbled upon sexually explicit remarks between her male friend and ricks. >> reporter: elaina stopped her son before he went to meet ricks who she realized was having an inappropriate relationship with one of her son's friends. >> ricks agreed to 300 months behind bars. it is binding and if t
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Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. u.s.a. today points out that former chancellor, michelle reid took a special interest in noise as an example of how sweeping reforms could transform the lowest performing schools. she awarded them for boosting scores. each teacher won a bonus. the principal got $10,000. >> i understand especially in an environment where there are significant rewards for test scores and where there are significant consequences, that some people would be tempted to cheat. but i think that is not who we are. >> henderson seems to be saying the students, the noise, and the seven other students earned those scores and the staff earned those bonuses. if somebody like a union or others have evidence to dispute this, they need to bring this evidence to her attention. >> this has far reaching implications. do you think we're going to hear from michelle reid? she is a super star. she was on oprah waiting for superman. michelle reid, we are going to hear from her. what about the teachers whose students earned or didn't earn these high marks? what about the administrators? the principal? we need to hear
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Mar 26, 2011 8:00am EDT
, but despite eight days of bombing the u.s. says military ground forces loyal to president gadhafi still pose a significant threat. on monday president obama will address the nation on the libyan crisis. >>> disaster in japan. japan's prime minister describes the situation as grave and serious, after another dangerous radiation leak is found at the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant. u.s. navy barges are bringing fresh water to try to head off a meltdown "early" this saturday morning, march 26th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to a gorgeous spring morning in new york city. 20-something degrees. but who cares, it looks nice. >> that's a beautiful picture, russ. >> welcome to "the early show," i'm russ mitchell. >> and i'm rebecca jarvis. we begin with the latest on the battle for libya. rebels have recaptured the key eastern city of ajdabiya. nato takes control of some of the u.s.-led operation in libya in a matter of days and president obama will address the nation on monday night to explain u.s. involvement in libya. we begin our coverage with cbs news corresp
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Mar 3, 2011 6:00pm EST
passedded many in the u.s. government believed that he died but today secretary of state hillary clinton issued a statement that reads in part, "we have received recent indications that bob is being held somewhere in southwest asia." his home is in coral springs, florida, retired from the fbi and became a private investigator. >>> former osborne high school teacher pleading guilty to seven counts of child pornography and will spend 25 years behind bars. his abuse of boys began 30 years ago, the first victim only 11 years old. it continued around the globe with boys he befriended and manipulated. >> he would then move to the next stage where he would feed them liquor, tequila, beer, get them drunk, they would pass out. he would strip them. photograph them. fondle them. and commit other sex acts on them. >> he was finally caught last year when an osborne high school student stumbled across sexually explicit conversations between ricks and a male friend of the student. >>> tonight, new questions about whether a gay marriage bill has enough votes to pass through a key committee in maryland'
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00pm EDT
. the u.s. was dealt its first blow in the military operation. all that is left of the f16 is a burned out shell. here are the first pictures of the crash scene. the two pilots who crashed in northeast libya, the good news is, they're safe. an equipment malfunction caused their fighter jet to go down during the operation. today the coalition launched another 24 cruise missiles at the air defenses. virtually neutralizing his air attack and extending the no fly zone. but although libya's air power may be crippled, gadhafi has the upper hand on the ground and more and more civilians are dying. the u.s. says it is gadhafi's men who have blood on their hands. >> the coalition is going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties and most of the targets are air defense targets isolated from popular areas. >> u.s. is eager to hand over command. we don't know if britain, france, or nato will take over the lead. the new york times says libyan soldiers abused its team of journalists and threatened to kill them during the six days they were held captive. >>> back here, people in montgomery county a
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Mar 29, 2011 12:00pm EDT
. >> u.s. park police say that there was an attack on the mall on monday. a man was walking in the garden near the hirsch horn museum when he was knocked to the ground. two would-be robbers rifled through his pockets. when they found nothing, they ran to nearby independence avenue. the victim suffered minor injuries, was taken to the hospital for a checkup. >>> they're the toast of the town. after qualifying for its final four appearance ever, the first ever, final four appearance, the vcu rams received a hero's welcome in richmond. a packed house for a pep rally. the rams shocked number one seed kansas on sunday to advance to the final four. the rams' success is good for the local economy. vcu merchandise is selling very fast. final four t-shirts hit the stores late sunday night and guess what! they're selling out! >>> final four is going to be seen right here on channel 9 saturday. vcu takes on butler in the early game. it tips off just after 6:00 p.m. then it is kentucky and connecticut in the late game. >>> well, today marks the beginning of the peak season for the cherry blossoms alo
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Mar 31, 2011 6:00pm EDT
robert gates and joint's chairman assured congress that the u.s. is now playing a supporting role in the mission. >> if there is going to be that kind of assistance to the opposition there are plenty of resources rather than the united states. >> right now they are fighting over a key port city that plays a big role in libyan oil industry. >>> the united nation's nuclear watch dog is urging japan to evacuate more people. once again around the crippled fukushima power plant. radiation from japan's nuclear plant has been detected in milk as far away as our west coast. >> reporter: the baby was born neared the fukushima nuclear plant. she is being checked with for radiation contamination. as the situation gets worse her mother says i get more scared. in japan concern is rising as higher levels of radiation are detected. seawater around the plant now has more than 4300 times the legal limit. water pooling underneath the plant has $10,000 times too much radiation. it has even made its way into soil 25 miles away. and beef 40 miles away from the crippled nuclear reactor complex. that's
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Mar 29, 2011 6:00am EDT
to discuss the military operations in libya. >> we've already learned a u.s. delegation will head to benghazi to meet with rebel leaders. the announcement came hours after president obama took his case to the american people. >> we have more on what the president said and reaction to it. >> we have intervened to stop a massacre. >> reporter: facing mounting criticism over the u.s. role in libya, president obama explained america's mission monday night. >> when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. >> the president said he wants moammar gadhafi out of power but he emphasized the u.n.- authorized mission is about enforcing a no-fly zone, not removing gadhafi by force. >> there is no question that libya and the world would be better off with gadhafi out of power. i, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal. and will actively pursue it through nonmilitary means. >> lawmakers fired back urging a tougher stance against gadhafi. >> if we tell gadhafi don't worry, you're not going to be removed by force, i think that that's very intajing to gadha
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Mar 22, 2011 4:30am EDT
. as moammar gadhafi's forces battled a fresh round of air strikes. u.s. officials say days of attacks on the regime's ground troops are working and coalition forces are ready to expand the u.n.'s no-fly zone to protect the libyan people. >> the extension of the no-fly zone will enable us to have a greater freedom of movement and the other thing it provides is a greater ability for humanitarian assistance. >> american troops have fired more than 100 cruise missiles including one that hit gadhafi's compound. but international forces led most of monday's missions and president obama says soon, the u.s. will hand over full control. >> we anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not a matter of weeks. >> still, more and more lawmakers are criticizing the president for failing to lay out a clear plan. they question how far and how long he's willing to go to stop gadhafi. >> we don't want it to be long. we don't want it to be expanded. we're fighting two wars already. >> reporter: some support the military action but oppose the president's handling of it. >> i do thi
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Mar 28, 2011 6:30pm EDT
their sites on qaddafi's hometown of surt. just the same, a top u.s. military official says the rebels are not a robust fighting force and their gains may not be permanent. mandy clark is with the rebels in ras lanuf. >> this could be the midwest decisive battle yet in libya's civil war. in the span of just 48 hours, the ragtag army of students, laborers and some soldiers once loyal to the regime are now threatening qaddafi's hometown. the push west would have been impossible without coalition air strikes that pounded qaddafi's tanks and troops and trapped rebels in ajdabiya. allied air raids forced the regime's army into full retreat, allowing the rebels to retake control of the key oil hubs of brega and ras lanuf. despite those gains, these men are moving cautiously. they want to avoid traps set by qaddafi's forces. the first push to tripoli ended here in bin jiwad. rebels, believing residents were on their side, were led into a deadly ambush. now they say they've learned from that costly mistake. rebels say they're now doing clearing operations. >> ( translated ): we have learned to
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
against them anymore. the planes are all but ground, but the u.s. did lose one fighter jet today along the way. all that is left is this burned out shell. witnesses say that two american pilots were greeted as heros in this rebel controlled area. the pentagon blamed equipment failure for the crash. the pilots aren't badly hurt and back in american hands. it's the first major loss air assault, u.s. officials are calling it a step. >> virtually neutralizing his ability to attack civilians from the skies and extending the no fly zone over eastern libya. the u.s. is eager to hand over control of the operation. >> within a few days. >> it is still not clear who the u.s. will turn over control to. either britain, fans, or nato forces could take over. libyan rebels say the job is far from done. the organizationed group of rebels struggle to hold its ground. rebels say more and more civilians are dying inside the city at the hands of gadhafi's men. libya's air power may have been crippled, but with more men and guns, gadhafi has the upper hand on the ground. ask about the dire conditions th
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Mar 23, 2011 7:00am EDT
nuclear plant, 140 miles away. workers are ordered to evacuate once again. >>> defiant. as u.s. and allied forces pound targets in libya for a fourth straight night, moammar gadhafi emerges in public to tell his supporters he will be victorious. meantime, president obama heads home to work on handing over responsibility for the no-fly zone. and nato finally gets ready to step in, after diplomatic back and forth. >>> and spring snow. a major storm bringing snow and ice in the midwest to the northeast. millions of residents waking up to a very messy commute this morning. we'll tell you which areas will be hit the hardest and when all this winterlike weather will finally say good-bye, "early" this wednesday morning, march finally say good-bye, "early" this wednesday morning, march 23rd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and good morning to you on this wednesday. i'm erica hill. >> and i'm chris wragge. like we mentioned a second ago, moammar gadhafi speaking for the first time since the implementation of the no-fly zone and telling his supporters there that we will win in the short-term. we
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